When one door closes, a window opens. When one gate closes, then what?
Sci-Fi channel has pulled the plug on more seasons of Stargate: SG-1, which at 10 years is the longest-running science-fiction series ever on US TV. The network ordered another season--the fourth--of the show's sister series Stargate: Atlantis.
Stargate: SG-1, which aired its 200th episode on Friday, premiered on cable network Showtime in 1997. It ran for five years before switching to the Sci-Fi Channel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show's producers never liked the fact that Showtime demanded full frontal nudity be worked into the episodes.
The Stargate series are based on the 1994 film Stargate, which told of the discovery by scientists of a dimensional vortex. Kurt Russell starred as the leader of a team of soldiers and scientists who step into the stargate and experience ...Read more
All is right with the world--actually, universe--again! The whole fabric of space and time as it relates to science-fiction television was momentarily ripped asunder yesterday, when the Sci Fi Channel dropped some bad news for Stargate fans: at the conclusion of the currently airing fifth season, the network was retiring Stargate Atlantis.
Thankfully, the thought of television without a Stargate-branded series only had to last one day. This morning, Sci Fi sent out a blast that was a blessing to Stargaters everywhere--a new Stargate series is in the works.
Stargate Universe will take over the reins of the franchise sometime next summer, says the network. The idea was initially pitched last year, but was forced to take a backseat due to other Stargate projects as well as complications from the writers' strike.
The series will be in good hands; Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, the duo that created ...Read more
It's about time to stop referring to Stargate Atlantis as a spin-off of Stargate SG-1. Though the two shows share the same mythology, Atlantis has been running for four seasons now, which has proved that it can be successful as its own show.
Sci-Fi Channel apparently has no plans of letting it go away, given that it has renewed the show for a fifth season, as reported by Variety. The genre-specific cable channel has ordered 20 more new episodes of the sci-fi show following an average of 1.8 million viewers, half a million more than the Sci-Fi Channel's average.
In Atlantis, a group of scientists and military personnel investigate the secrets of the famed lost city and find that it was created by an advanced race. However, Atlantis isn't 20,000 leagues under the sea--it has been discovered light-years away in another galaxy.
Stargate SG-1 ran ...Read more
When Stargate fans heard that Stargate Atlantis was being shot out into space, never to return again, they pretty much freaked out. The Stargate franchise has been on television since 1997, and was in danger of fizzling out with the end of Stargate Atlantis at the conclusion of the current season. But Stargate will live on in the form of Stargate Universe, and now Universe has its captain.
Sci Fi Channel has ordered new seasons of the original series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Production on 20 new episodes each will begin early next year in anticipation of premiering next summer. Heading in to its 10th season, SG-1 is now the longest-running sci-fi drama ever made for US television; Atlantis is heading in to its third season.
The Stargate series are based on the 1994 Roland Emmerich movie Stargate, which starred Kurt Russell and James Spader as a heroic army colonel and scientist, respectively. Along with a team of soldiers, they jump through a mysterious "gateway" that transports them across the galaxy to a place that looks a like Egypt. Upon arriving at this "space Egypt," they thwart an evil alien (Jay Davison) who is attempting to dominate the galaxy using the Stargate.
Talk to just about any network television producer, and you'll find that one thing there can never be enough of when creating a show is money. Cash flow determines the show's flow. On-camera talent, off-camera talent, fancy sets, special effects--even what's in the caterer's tent--is all dependent on a program's budget.
Traditional sitcoms and standard dramas are generally pretty easy on a network's wallet--limited sets, little special effects, and low overheads result in bloated salaries for actors (hence Charlie Sheen's rumored $1 million paycheck for each episode of Two and a Half Men). Jerry and Elaine never traveled by spaceship around Manhattan--in fact, the number of sets where the majority of Seinfeld took place can easily be counted on two hands.